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Subject: Prison violence
TV exaggerates the things that happen in prison. Think of prison as a small village with a group of people that have to live there for a while. Somehow, some way, the people figure out how to co-exist. Inmates have a "hustle", a way to get little extras. Some cut hair, some do laundry or clean other's cells. Some cook and sell their food. But there is gambling and contraband peddling. If your inamte gets caught up in that and...
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Subject: Prison violence
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do from the outside but complain to the institution. This could have a double-edged result though. Letting someone in the administration know of these details will certainly shake things up there for a while. They will do shake-downs trying to find the shank. But these things never stay quiet and he could end up having more problems from you saying something than if he just lets it go. It sounds like your son has a...
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Subject: Prison violence
How much harm was done without a weapon? Was the great bodily harm inflicted after the injured was unable to defend themselves? There seems to be more to this story as DAs have huge case loads and rarely get involved prosecuting inmates already in the system. Usually, fights like this cost the inmate "good time", not more time. BUT, if there are special circumstances then anything is possible and if additional charges are filed, more time is possible. 
Subject: Prison violence
Fights happen in prison just like they happen on the outside. People that tend to snap at little things are always going to be in the middle of fights, especially in higher security prisons where the inmates do not take to disrespect or shows of fear lightly. Inmates involved in fights are often times thrown in the SHU for months at a time. If there are bad injuries to one or more of the inmates, the punishment could be more time...
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Subject: Prison violence
It is doubtful, but if you want to check on their well-being you can call the counselor or chaplain to express your concern. They will help to put your mind at ease.
Subject: Prison violence
All jails and prisons are tough. The experience is up to the inmate and how they deal with other inmates. If they are mouthy or confrontational, this is going to be a long, rough bid. If the inmate is willing to let the small stuff slide,go about their business and keep to a routine bothering no one, then it will be smooth sailing. Some of the prisons with the worst reputations are not hard on every inmate. Reputation is about...
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Subject: Prison violence
You can call the prison facility and ask about your inmate's well-being.  Most staff members that answer the telephone are very friendly and will give information especially if you let them know that you are worried and haven't heard from them in a while.